Every year we feature Elders from many different cultural and spiritual backgrounds. We host their traditional ceremony and their speakers onstage between our musical acts.  We believe that making indigenous culture and ceremony accessible in a respectful way brings us together as a global community. 

Respected Elders

Elders Line-Up Released May 2019

We have hosted Elders and indigenous activists since 2006 such as Pat McCabe, Lyla June Johnston, Aumrak Sapper (Mayan Priestess,) Flor de Mayo (13 Grandmothers,) Chief Marvin Swallow, Nandhili, Yamatoh, and Grandma Rose Romero (Taos Pueblo.)  

For the 2018 lineup click here.

‘‘Children learn from what they see.
We need to set an example of truth and action.” 
Howard Rainer, Taos Pueblo-Creek


Grandma "Jiiniikwe"

Jeanne Bailey, Phd

   I am "Jiiniikwe". I am excited and can't wait to see you. I am Buddhist lay person and Native American cultural spiritual leader. I give training in mindfulness and meditation. I was also taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I also do taichi mandala dance/ charya niritya dance. I am a PhD also in Educational Psychology and emphasis on learning modalities, particularly culture. I have been in 5 Native American movies, sing and record. I am a published writer and international artist. I am a 4th generation Sitting Bull tiwahe, Charging Bear, Cloud Bear, Cetan, Two Packs descendant of the Hunkpapa/Siha Sapa Lakota people of SD and The Great Sioux Nation. I am also Anishinabe and family goes back to Shoots The Mark Keeweenaw and Gnoozhekaaning. I speak and sing Lakota and Anishinabe language. I have been part of community healing across the reservation and participate through culture and spirituality.. Although oppression and trauma exists on the reservation, there is hope. I raised 3 children from a 1 room house, 1 has a PhD, 1 is a published writer , and 1 has a PD in biology . I am close to the fire and ceremony. I give and share all I can to families and the people here as well

Thank you/pilamiye



Global Peace Monk

YAMATO is a Buddhist Monk and Zen Shiatsu Meditation Practitioner. He was the coordinator of the Long Walk for Survival in 1980 and the initiator of the United Nations 50th anniversary Global Peace Walk from New York to San Francisco in 1995. He has worked in the US for over 20 years networking with the indigenous American spiritual leaders and has facilitated meetings between the Hopi representative and His Holiness Dalia Lama. Rev. Yamato has been inspired by his involvement in witnessing the mutual fulfillment of Tibetan and Japanese Buddhist prophecy along with the Hopi prophecy regarding the spiritual reawakening due in these times. He has deep knowledge of eastern cultures and a unique perspective and knowledge of the past two millenniums history including the overall role of the hemp plant outlawed in Japan since 1945 and previously a mainstay of the traditional economy. He has dedicated his life to the spiritual reawakening necessary for Global Peace Now! For more information on the Global Peace Walk or to join the coordinator' email group list. For more details see the message, Global Peace Walk, Pathway to Global Peace Zone 2020


Rene Mills

Peace Pipe career

 Wambli Moni has travelled the world for prayer and peace to many countries since 1997, connecting global unique geologic meridians/lay lines and geo-mancing the world.


Lucy McCall

Celtic Priestess

 Lucy McCall began studying astrology 47 years ago with her Aunt Susan Horton. Within the same timeframe, she started working with herbs, natural foods and farming. She had many profound teachers over the years, including herbalist and astrologer Peter Kabaska, who taught her the key to plants and the relationship of plants to the celestial bodies.


Tanya Vigil

Aztec Dancer Teacher

Thirty-five years ago traditional Aztec dance captured Tanya’s soul, but her heart belongs to her family and her community. Born in Taos to Manuel and Flossie Ocañas, Tanya traces her lineage back to the plaza of Ranchos de Taos (“ranchos” referring to military outposts dating back to the 1680s) which was completed in 1779. Tanya credits her jazz musician father with teaching her the essence and beauty of music. Both parents fostered a love of the arts. One of Tanya’s earliest memories was seeing her neighbor, the famed Flamenco dancer Maria Benitez (born in Taos), perform at the San Geronimo Lodge.

When Tanya was six, her parents moved the family to California and later to Wisconsin. Living in these places broadened Tanya’s horizons in unforeseen ways. In his job as migrant worker coordinator for the State of Wisconsin, her father ensured that the people were treated with dignity and that their children went to school. Manuel Ocañas’s humanitarian approach, and his belief that activism was a kind of spirituality, led to Tanya’s involvement years later with the United Farm Workers.



Mario is a Taos Native, Sun Dance and Buffalo Dancer. He frequently offers prayers on stage at Tribal Vision in Native tongue and is an honored guest of the Festival.